Nov 29 2010

Weekend Wrap Up: Great Fights Galore.

This was one of the best weekends of boxing in a long time!
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On Showtime, Ward handled his business in a tough/gritty fight against Sakio Bika. Bika pushed Ward the first six rounds making it very close on the cards.

Ward picked it up the second half of the fight as Bika faded. This was a great growing fight for Ward as he needed these learning experience rounds. He didn’t have to take this fight but did and he”ll gro well from it.

Shut Out.

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Carl Froch dominated the limited Arthur Abraham in their match up. Once again, Arthur did little but try and block punches and come with his own heavy slow shots after.

Froch used a good jab, and punched in on some unique angles with good hand speed.

His movement and punch activity were just too much for Arthur. Arthur just didn’t fight with any urgency! He fought like shit! Ward is going to beat his ass next if this is how he”s going to fight.

As awkward as Carl is, and as loud as his girl friend is at ringside, he”s a tough outing for anyone and seems to really have his swag back now.

Time to step it up.

Sure Berto stopped a fighter who’s never been stopped before in Freddy Hernandez, but he really needs to step it up now. How about a Collazo rematch?

Although a potential fight with Pacquiao would be interesting with Berto’s speed, power, and strength, he just doesn”t have a backbone or world class experience to fall back on.

that was a really nice one punch KO, but what’s he going to do when he’s not having his way and gets pushed to the brink as he was in the Collazo fight?

Pathetic.

All this talk about Celestino Caballero being a beast and a threat to Gamboa was put to rest by the spirited, hard fought performance put forth by Jason Litzau who was a 13-1 underdog going into this fight.

Jason kept Caballero off balance and out of rhythm with his speed, movement, and power. He caught Caballero with some very nice right hands and left hooks.

Caballero came had problems making weight and its obvious he over looked Jason. He really looked like shit and Jason fought to win as he kept coming at Caballero.

That really frustrated Cabellaro as he wasn’t used to that sustained pesky pressure. But fuck him, he proved he’s not world class by fighting the way he did.

So for his lack of preparation and effort, his dream fights with Gamboa and JuanMa are gone.

Masterpiece.

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Marquez over came a hard 3rd round knockdown to rally within that round and fight to later stop Michael Katsidis in the 9th round.

This was a really good fight. It was fun to watch as both brought it to one another. Marquez’s superb combo and extremely accurate punching was just too much for Michael as he was overcome.

Marquez has such a fast recovery rate that it’s amazing! At 37 years old he still has amazingly accurate and fast hands. He just knows how to fight and steal back momentum and rhyme.

I don’t give a shit what anybody else says, but if Marquez can get Pacquiao down to 140 as close as possible, he can beat him!

Marquez continues to prove that he is THAT good and makes you watch in awe as he displays his well developed craft.


Nov 24 2010

Q/A: Why Shadow Box With Hammers?

Someone replied to this youtube clip on shadow boxing with hammers. His question is below.

There is no reason to use hammers please convince me other wise I shouldn’t just use dumbbells.

My reply is because the resistance profile is different. Just like there is a difference between using a kettlebell and dumbbell.

There is more weight on where the steel is versus the wooden handle so deceleration/accelerating is enhanced.

Give it a try and feel the difference. Just a different tool to use than a dumbell is all and a different training effect it elicits.


Nov 22 2010

Weekend Wrap Up: The Shot Heard Around The Boxing World.

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You just knew Paul Williams wasn’t getting up as soon as Sergio Martinez landed that cracking left hand of his last Saturday night.

After a close first round, Sergio came out with extreme confidence and timed Paul Williams perfectly, stretching him out for the count of ten to retain his middleweight title.

Sergio was disrespected throughout this promotion. It was so bad that they made Martinez walk out first and HE is the champ! That’s what you get when you’re fighting an Al Haymon fighter. Fuck Al Haymon, damn was I happy he lost that night as were many others in boxing.

Paul didn’t use his distance and reach in the second round. I always said he left himself wide open when he punches and that’s exactly what Sergio was waiting on and capitalized on to KO the so called most feared and ducked fighter in boxing.

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Sergio deserves huge praise for keeping cool leading up to this fight despite the way he was treated by team Williams. He also deserves props for executing his plan of knocking out Paul as he predicted.

He took matters in his own hands that night and did what great fighters do, seal the deal and leave no doubt who the winner is by fighting aggressively smart.

Sergio is bold, confident, and technically very good. He deserves huge paydays but with who? No way Pacquiao or Floyd step to him, for sure Floyd!

After seeing what Sergio is capable of, you can’t really blame them.

Like Emmanuel Steward said, boxing needed that, an exciting and dramatic KO in a big fight.

That’s an old school way of handling your business and the ring. Martinez did just that and he’s brought back excitement to a recently dull middleweight division.


Nov 19 2010

Throw Back Friday Edition: The REAL Sugar Ray.

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On the eve of a pretty good middleweight championship fight, I thought it was only right to show a clip of the greatest middleweight that has done it thus far.

Ray Robinson was the truth and yes I’ve featured him before in my Throw Back Friday Edition but compare him with what you see tomorrow and that’ll bring to light just how really lacking some of these fighters are today.

Here’s my take on Ray Robinson, The real Sugar Ray as I have him ranked #1 on my all time P4P list.

Ray Robinson: 174 Wins/109 K.O.’s/ 6 Draw/19 losses/ 2 No Contests

A.K.A. Sugar Ray. Ray won the Middleweight title 5 times and was a true artist in the ring, Ray could do it all. Ray could KO you coming forwards and backwards. He could punch in using great angles, display nimble footwork, and amazing hand speed followed by frightening power. His ability to slip and move out of danger was amazing to see.

He was what you truly called a complete fighter. His grit and toughness were displayed in 6 bouts with Jake LaMotta, and several wars with Basilio, and Fullmer.

He fought the best out there, except Charlie Burley. He dominated for two decades and won his last middleweight title at 38! Ray’s pride was what kept him fighting so good at an advanced age.

Ray came close to winning the Light Heavyweight title against Maxim but succumbed to heat exhaustion. Though Sugar Ray was never physically K.O.ed.

That is what you call a great fighter. Displaying his skills against the best fighters he could fight. That was also proof of Ray’s undeniable pride. His willingness to show everyone that he truly was sweet as sugar in the ring.

Now watch for yourself.